Xander is driving down a dark, foggy highway. Dawn, in the passenger seat, starts to wake up. I notice that Xander put her seatbelt on her. Because dosing someone with dangerous chemicals is no excuse to ignore road safety laws. Dawn is disoriented, so Xander admits to her that he chloroformed her. Understandably, Dawn is rather angry about the experience. She wants to know where they're headed, and Xander just answers, "Away." He then hands her a sealed letter from Buffy. There's a Buffy voice-over as Dawn reads the note; Buffy urges Dawn not to be angry with Xander, and saccharines on about showing Dawn the world and doing everything for her. But hilariously, the sappy voice-over is interrupted by Dawn suddenly tasering Xander right in the neck. Any action that truncates one of Buffy's speeches is okay with me, but we really could've used that taser MUCH earlier in the season. Somehow Dawn pulls the car over, gets Xander into the passenger seat (I assume), and turns around to head back to Sunnydale.
Buffy and Caleb fight. Buffy is her usual Season Seven overly serious self, and Caleb taunts her. The fight is the usual poorly choreographed, unconvincing stuff. Caleb's punches and kicks are so far from looking like they're connecting with Buffy's head that I'm starting to believe he wasn't even on the set at the time. It's like he was down at craft services while SMG flailed around, pretending to get her ass kicked. The Little Red Axe That Could makes high-pitched whining noises when Buffy swings it, which is a little jarring to me, because I associate that sound effect with a much thinner, springy blade like a rapier. Buffy forgets the Important Lesson she learned about dodging just a few hours ago, so Caleb knocks Buffy into the crypt wall and leans down to pick up the axe. At the top of the screen I can see a strange shadow waving back and forth. Shadow of the boom microphone, maybe? Strange. Take a look and see if you can catch it yourselves. Anyway, the fighting continues. The axe doesn't seem to give Buffy any special advantages. Also, it looks like Caleb can wield the axe if he gets his hands on it, which is a little disappointing, considering the inscription Spike and Andrew found at Ajo Sagrado. So Caleb gets a hold of the axe and is about to chop Buffy into little messes when he's stopped by a punch to the jaw. It's Angel, come to save the day.
Angel smiles down at Buffy, and he's filmed as such the hero-saves-the-day-guy that I expect a little sparkle on his teeth to go "bling!" Buffy gapes at Angel and then accepts a hand up. Romantic music billows and swoons around on the soundtrack as Angel tells Buffy she looks good, and she smiles and tells him he looks both good and "timely." There's a whole lotta eye contact until Caleb starts stirring and getting up. Angel steps towards him, but Buffy gestures to stop him. They agree that it's something she "need to finish [herself]." Wow, look at Buffy really smiling. When was the last time we saw that? Angel steps back and leans up against a column, telling Caleb, "You are so gonna lose." More Buffy and Caleb fighting, which Angel thoroughly enjoys. Buffy slashes Caleb across the gut with the axe, which makes him laugh all villainously. Until his knees give out and he falls down all dead-eyed, that is. Buffy's all, "See? Under control," and Angel saunters over, smiling, "At least you could tell me you're glad to see me." She drops the fire axe and…Buffy attaches her face to Angel's mouth. What's she doing?! OH MY GOD! She's trying to suck his SOUL! Through his mouth! I knew there was something really wrong with her the past few seasons. Oh, wait. Heh. This is a little embarrassing. It appears that they are just kissing and I overreacted a little. Okay, carry on. Pan over to the shadows, where Spike's lurking, cheekbones writhing in misery. First Buffy found this long-hidden crypt, then Caleb, then Angel, and now Spike? For a centuries-old hiding place of mystically useless Guardians, it's pretty hopping tonight. Pan a little further, and we see that Spike has been joined by First Buffy, who snaps, "That bitch!" Close-up on Spike, staring. There's only one more episode of Buffy and I'm supposed to be all on tenterhooks about a Paleozoic love triangle? As if.